Joe Coleman Biography

Joe Coleman is a world-renowned painter, writer and performer who has exhibited for four decades in major museums throughout the world including one-man exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, the Barbican Centre in London, Tilton Gallery and Dickinson Gallery in New York. He was recently featured in the ground-breaking "Unrealism" show in Miami presented by Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian.

His performance work from the 1980's was some of the most radical of its time, and can be seen in the films "Mondo New York" (1988) and "Captured" (2008). The new book on extreme performance, "Avant Garde from Below: Transgressive Performance from Iggy Pop to Joe Coleman and G.G. Allin" by Clemens Marschall, explores Coleman's influence during this pivotal period.

An avid and passionate collector, Coleman's "Odditorium" is a private museum where sideshow objects, wax figures, crime artifacts and works of religious devotion live together to form a dark mirror that reflects the alternative side of the American psyche. His work has been published in numerous books, prints and records.

Joe Coleman was the subject of an award-winning feature length documentary, "Rest in Pieces: A Portrait of Joe Coleman" (1997). He has appeared in acting roles in films such as Asia Argento's "Scarlet Diva" (2000) and "The Cruel Tale of the Medicine Man" (2015). He lives with his wife Whitney Ward in Brooklyn, New York.